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Default Cheapest (but usable) Android Phone?

Hi guys.

I'm developing an app for Android that I need to start testing in "the real deal".
Can you recommend a cheap Android phone (I don't mind getting bulky Chinese clones, as long as they work) that is good for development purposes?

By the way, I'm in Spain, so it would be better if I could buy it online and unlocked
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I'd say G1. It's the original dev phone can be had on the cheap from T-Mobile.
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G1 totally. T-Mobile is selling them "as low as 129.99" with a data plan. I got mine at eBay last month for 200$.
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I got a brand new T-mobile pulse on a special offer from T-mobile and it cost only 91 (around €80) + 10 topup (and I get 15 cash back if I use the sim for 3 months).

So it's worth keeping your eyes open for deals like these. You can grab them on ebay cheap too.
Current phone: Nexus 5

Previous phones: HTC Kaiser, SE Xperia X1, HTC HD, HTC Pro2, HTC HD2, HTC Desire Z, Galaxy S2, HTC One X, Galaxy Note 2
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or wait till january and see what happens with the whole nexus one story, rumor is ti'll be < $200
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<$200 without a contract? Interesting...
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go for a vogue. this is a windows mobile phone, but if you look in the forum for this phone here, its 99% android because it runs android so well. this is cheaper than the g1 and is made by htc.. better than chinese crap any day.
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What about the HTC Tattoo, granted the screen resistive unlike the rest of HTC Android line up, which is captive screen. It is still a good device from what I read and it should be fairly cheap.
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<$200 without a contract? Interesting...
200 with contract 600 without contract
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I just picked up a Blackberry 9700 ($75) and then I got the Behold II ($120) from one of those tmobile lil places at the mall (not the official tmobile store).

This was all because my wife traded in her old Blackberry 8320 and they'll give you 2 phones for it... (The deal is a 9700 for $75 and then a free 8520, but i hate blackberry's or WM phones after having an android phone) so she got her crappy blackberry and I picked up the Behold II. Love the fact that it has 320MB RAM. As soon as we can try custom firmwares, etc, i'm going to give Debian Linux a try on it.

Behold II is already rooted with Busy Box installed on it.

Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile USA)
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